Myth of Overwork & the End of Louis CK

Episode 116 · November 17th, 2017 · 1 hr 28 mins

About this Episode


We discuss the myth of overwork, thinking that working hard and working a lot are the same thing. Read the links for some amazing content on everything we discussed today, including to the lyrics of some sweet songs.

Gomer shares the disgust he has with himself for overbooking his October/November schedule, every weekend for 7 weekends in a row.

Luke then talks about one of his heroes, Louis CK, and what it means for him in the wake of the accusations against him. What about the victims? What about the problem of empathy? What does these sexual assaults teach us about the cross of Christ?

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  • Elon Musk and the 100 Hour Error - Michael Hyatt — In an 2010 interview, Musk ...explained, “If other people are putting in 40-hour workweeks and you’re putting in 100-hour workweeks, then even if you’re doing the same thing … you will achieve in four months what it takes them a year to achieve.” That’s perfectly good advice. For a robot.
  • Why do we work so hard? | 1843 — What is less clear to me, and to so many of my peers, is whether we should do so much of it.
  • "The Employee Burnout Crisis: Study Reveals Big Workplace Challenge in 2017" — The biggest threat to building an engaged workforce in 2017 is employee burnout. The newest study in the Employee Engagement Series conducted by Kronos Incorporated and Future Workplace® found 95 percent of human resource leaders admit employee burnout is sabotaging workforce retention, yet there is no obvious solution on the horizon.
  • 9 Millennials Share What Work-Life Balance Means To Them — "For me, it’s not so much about work-life balance as it is work-life integration. I’m not driven by the prospect of working hard for the next 30 years to retire one day. I’m building a lifestyle and a career that I’d be happy to maintain for the rest of my life. So earlier this month that meant working from my laptop in the mountains of Colombia.  
  • Disarming Beauty: Essays on Faith, Truth, and Freedom — In 2005, Father Julián Carrón became the leader of the global ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation. Disarming Beauty is a collection of essays by one of the principal Catholic leaders and intellectuals in the world today...They present the content of his elaboration of the gospel message in light of the tradition of Fr. Giussani, the teachings of the popes, and the urgent needs of contemporary people.
  • ‘If you don’t think Francis is the cure, you don’t grasp the disease,’ CL head says - Articles — Although some Catholics, especially the more conservative sort, often find Pope Francis a bit of a shock to the system, the leader of the Church's influential Communion and Liberation movement says that if you don't think this pontiff is the cure, then you don't understand the nature of the disease we're facing in a post-modern, secular world.
  • Blindside - "About A Burning Fire" — It hurts, That drops of fire would fall so precise, And how everything else would lose its meaning. What a beautiful, What a painful surprise. There is no peace outside if there is nothing within. It hurts, But like coming home, Once dried up. I guess this is what you get When a heart expands.
  • Blindside - "Silence" — "They won't see the fire You have lit inside of me. They look up to the stars and wonder where You might be. They look up, without realizing they're standing in the palm of Your hand. I cannot explain or understand. I just love You."
  • Professor gives TEDx Talk about why TED Talks don't work. — TED talks are plagued by oversimplification and hobbled by their reliance on factors like a presenter's likability. He says that TED talks are "making our best and brightest waste their time—and the audience's time—dancing like infomercial hosts."
  • Louis CK in the New York Times: "These Stories Are True" :: Comedy :: News :: Louis CK :: Paste — I want to address the stories told to The New York Times by five women named Abby, Rebecca, Dana, Julia who felt able to name themselves and one who did not. These stories are true. At the time, I said to myself that what I did was O.K. because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true. But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly. I have been remorseful of my actions. And I’ve tried to learn from them. And run from them.
  • Sarah Silverman Speaks on Louis C.K.: ‘Can You Love Someone Who Did Bad Things?’ - The New York Times — “I love Louie,” she said, “but Louie did these things. Both of those statements are true. So, I just keep asking myself, can you love someone who did bad things? Can you still love them? I can mull that over later, certainly, because the only people that matter right now are the victims. They are victims, and they’re victims because of something he did.”
  • On the Problem of Empathy: The Collected Works of Edith Stein (3rd Volume): Edith Stein, Waltraut Stein: 9780935216110: Books — Early in Edith Stein's philosophical output stands her doctoral dissertation defended in 1916 at Freiburg-im-Breisgau. On the Problem of Empathy is the fruit of several years' work with the founder of phenomenology and the director of the dissertation itself, Edmund Husserl.
  • "Magical, Mystical Negro Stereotype" Yale Bulletin and Calendar — But this new image is just a reincarnation of "the same old" stereotype or caricature of African Americans as the "noble savage" or the "happy slave" that has been presented in film and on television for decades, contended Lee...Noting that "The Legend of Bagger Vance" takes place in Depression-era Georgia, a time when lynching of blacks in the South was commonplace, Lee stated, incredulously, "Blacks are getting lynched left and right, and [Bagger Vance is] more concerned about improving Matt Damon's golf swing!
  • Magical Negro Fight - Key and Peele | Comedy Central — KEY AND PEELE MAGICAL NEGRO FIGHT ClipSeason 1 Ep 52/28/2012 Two wise black men butt heads when it becomes apparent that they're both offering advice to the same white guy.